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SPBY-5A Catalina Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/144 PBY-5A Catalina Landing Gear First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2012 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject PBY-5A Catalina Landing Gear Scale 1/144
Set Number 14405 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Tougher gear for the Platz/MRC kits Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $12.95

First Look

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces an impressive array of white metal replacement landing gear for a variety of models. Some of these sets correct different issues that appeared in production kits, while others are simple common sense replacements to have stronger landing gear on your model.

PBY-5A Catalina Landing Gear

This release is one of many landing gear sets available in 1/144 scale and is targeted for the Minicraft kit . This set is a drop-in replacement for the kit's landing gear, though cast in white metal to provide stronger legs for your kit to stand upon. This set also has a white metal flight deck replacement to add much-needed ballast to the model so your PBY will not be a tail-sitter.

Where many of the SAC landing gear sets can be used well after you finished your model, the nose ballast assembly needs to be installed in the initial build-up, so you'll need to use this set from the start of your project if you don't want to have your Catalina look awkward sitting on its tail.

You can obtain SAC landing gear from your favorite hobby retailer or online hobby shop. If your retailer can't get these for you and you can't this set at your favorite online retailer, then you can get quick service from Scale Aircraft Conversions directly.

My sincere thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for this review sample!